April 8, 2017

I was always a creative person. I loved to sing and write and paint, but I never thought I would have a career where I would be flexing the right side of my brain quite soooo much. Being an interior designer you spend a lot of time in the creative conceptual world. It’s beautiful and imaginative there, but being a ‘good’ interior designer also means being left sided enough to bridge the gaps between the fantasy and the real three dimensional interpretations...

March 8, 2017

Cork is Making a Comeback!

And no I am not just talking about the benefits of drinking a glass of red wine a night  :)

One of the most sustainable, eclectic and functional design trends of 2017 will be good old cork.

That’s right, no longer just a 1970’s element, cork circa 2017 represents a cultural shift towards the sustainable, textural and the beautiful.

Look at some of these incredible ways cork is sure to show up in 2017.

Cork walls in replacement of wall...

February 8, 2017

Reminiscent of still life  art from Holland and Germany in the early 1600’s, there is a surge of new still life floral wallpaper taking center stage in 2017 echoing the moody baroque vibes of the old world.

These florals don’t hold back- they are modern and cool and edgy. They are romantic and rock n’ roll at the same time. Florals, typically a feminine pattern are transformed into more androgynous looks with the darker palette.

Large scale wallpaper

prints li...

January 8, 2017


Large format HEXAGON tiles will be everywhere up and coming, these beauties are amazingly cost effective, Beehive, from Daltile

Multi colored glass hexagons playing on another 2017 trend, patterned tile

And hexagonal backsplash tiles for kitchen, bathroom or floors showcasing yet another 2017 trend seen everywhere in Italy this market…


At market this year it was shades of ocean blues everywhere. Mixed in were some emerald gree...

December 1, 2016

This year at Paris Fashion Week 2016 designers showcased a much more muted palette. Rich mossy greens and pops of bright yellow intermixed with warm taupe nude tones were seen across multiple design houses. Pantone has released the 2017 color palette of the year, however has not released the official color- although Vogue has their own predictions- and it’s all about Kale.

And here are just a few high fashion reasons why:

If the past is any indicator of what...

November 29, 2016

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November 22, 2016

 2016’s Pantone Color(s) of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity.

You can see how this palette showed up in a lot of ways in the interior design world.

From paint on walls, to earthenware, bedding, furniture and more. It is a harmonious natural gradient found in beautiful summer sunsets, on purple mountains and beaches.

November 18, 2016

Due to social media, designers from the fashion industry and the interior design industry are bridging the gap between up and coming pattern, color and trend much quicker than they ever have in the past. This fluid transition from runway to home is becoming more and more apparent from season to season.

A few looks from Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week 2015 and Stella McCartney Paris Fashion Week 2015 showcased just how much these runway color trends influence P...

November 18, 2016

Quartz Countertops that LOOK like Marble but Without the Maintenance


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